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AGR quartet frustrated by test form

Reigning IRL IndyCar Series champions Andretti-Green Racing were disappointed to find themselves upstaged by Penske and Ganassi in this week's Homestead road course test

AGR have dominated the championship for the past two seasons, winning 19 of the last 32 races and the 2004 and 2005 titles. But with the whole IRL field now Honda powered, AGR no longer enjoy a quasi-works relationship with the Japanese manufacturer.

Dario Franchitti was the best AGR driver at Homestead on Friday, setting the fifth quickest time, while his team-mates Tony Kanaan, Bryan Herta and Marco Andretti were seventh, eighth and 12th respectively. All were frustrated.

"I don't think we really improved today," reckoned Herta. "For some reason, we could never get the car going right."

"The crew struggled to find the right set-up the past two days," agreed 2004 Champion Kanaan. "To say that I'm happy with being seventh would not be true.

"But we have dominated so much over the past two years that everyone has had their sights set on us."

Franchitti felt that he had made progress, and might have moved further up the timesheets if the end of the session had not been so disrupted by yellow flags.

"Today was a lot better day than yesterday," he said. "We're still not where we'd like to be, but we're learning things.

"It was unfortunate at the end because we wanted to go out there and put up a good time but a lot of guys were driving in the grass, so the circuit was covered with sand and it wasn't the best time to put up the lap."

The inexperienced Andretti also remained remained positive.

"We were hoping to be a bit faster today, but we ended up chasing a loose condition," he said. "The times weren't there but I'm not going to be disappointed about being 12th on the speed chart because my goal was to gain a feel for the car and how it responds to different set-up changes."

All four AGR drivers hope to be back on the pace when testing resumes on Homestead's oval on Sunday.

 

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